In the previous post, I STARTED to develop RESPONSES to a FEW of the FALSE TEACHINGS which proceed from many PROPHECY ILLITERATE CHURCHES. These false teachings FLOOD the INTERNET with CONFUSING opinions. It’s NO WONDER that people, who HEAR the phrase “END TIME PROPHECY,” often reply, “Oh, that! No one really knows. So let’s just drop the subject, shall we?”
I mentioned the PRE-WRATH RAPTURE position which says that the CHURCH will be REMOVED from earth BEFORE the POURING OUT of the SEVEN BOWLS OF WRATH in Revelation 16. IF this were a TRUE doctrine, it means the CHURCH must GO THROUGH PART of the TRIBULATION. I EQUATE such an idea to MIXING the CHURCH’S DESTINY into the DESTINY of ISRAEL.
What are Israel’s APPOINTMENTS in END TIME PROPHECY? Can the CHURCH and ISRAEL “both” be in the TIME of the TRIBULATION, which will come “upon ALL the WORLD, to TRY (test) them who DWELL upon the earth?”
(I just QUOTED, above, from a PROMISE to the PHILADELPHIA CHURCH in Revelation 3:10--a promise which says that this TRUE and FAITHFUL CHURCH will be KEPT from the HOUR of that trouble. THAT ANSWER SHOULD SUFFICE! A TRUE and FAITHFUL and “born again” CHURCH will NOT be in the TIME of the TRIBULATION. YET people STILL argue that the CHURCH will BE PRESENT there, right up to the POINT of the WRATH--which (they teach) is DESTINED to come in the BOWL JUDGMENTS--and are described as FILLING up THE WRATH OF GOD--Revelation 15:1.)
[I MUST make NOTE of a DETAIL in Revelation 15:1! If the BOWLS OF WRATH are FILLING up (and completing) the WRATH OF GOD, then they CANNOT be THE BEGINNING of that WRATH!]
THE MAIN QUESTION IS THIS: WHEN does the WRATH OF GOD begin? I’ll answer that question later. Right now, I want to SHOW you what’s DETERMINED to come upon the NATION of ISRAEL.
What is THE APPOINTMENT for Israel? Bible prophecy is REPLETE with passages which are YET to be FULFILLED in the NATION OF ISRAEL (and these prophecies are GIVEN to ISRAEL--and NOT to THE CHURCH!).
END TIME WARS center in the Middle East and involve ISRAEL, not THE CHURCH. The BULK of Revelation is ISRAEL’S DESTINY, not THE CHURCH’S. The BULK of the OLIVET DISCOURSE, where Jesus DESCRIBES the EVENTS of His SECOND COMING, are for ISRAEL, and not for THE CHURCH. (In His Olivet Discourse, Jesus answered A QUESTION posed by the disciples which CENTERED upon Israel, the Jewish Temple, and Jesus setting up His Kingdom on the earth. Therefore, Jesus answered in a WAY which AMPLIFIED the SEVENTIETH WEEK of a prophecy given by Daniel.)
Let’s turn to Daniel 9:24 to 27 RIGHT NOW. I’ll point out some facts concerning that prophecy. (I won’t do a TOTAL teaching upon the SEVENTY WEEKS at this time, but I want to SHOW ENOUGH, so that you’re AWARE of ISRAEL’S APPOINTMENT. I’ll quote the WHOLE passage and PULL OUT POINTS from within it.)
“Seventy weeks are DETERMINED upon your PEOPLE and upon your HOLY CITY, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy.”
“KNOW therefore and UNDERSTAND, that from the going forth of the commandment to RESTORE and REBUILD Jerusalem unto MESSIAH the PRINCE shall be SEVEN WEEKS, and THREESCORE AND TWO WEEKS: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.”
“And after THREESCORE AND TWO WEEKS shall MESSIAH be CUT OFF, but NOT for HIMSELF: and the PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE THAT SHALL COME shall DESTROY the CITY and the SANCTUARY; and THE END shall be with a flood, and UNTO THE END OF THE WAR DESOLATIONS ARE DETERMINED.”
“And he shall confirm the COVENANT with MANY for ONE WEEK: and in the MIDST of the WEEK he shall cause THE SACRIFICE and THE OBLATION to cease, and for the OVERSPREADING OF ABOMINATIONS he shall make it DESOLATE, even UNTIL THE CONSUMMATION, and THAT DETERMINED (judgments) shall be POURED upon the DESOLATE.”
WHO is this prophecy given to? It’s DETERMINED upon the PEOPLE of ISRAEL and upon their HOLY CITY, Jerusalem.
WHAT is the TIME-FRAME of this prophecy? A TOTAL of SEVENTY weeks was LEFT to be FULFILLED in “ISRAEL.” (The WEEKS are the HEBREW “shabua”--in which each WEEK is SEVEN YEARS. The TOTAL number of YEARS add up to 490. When Daniel RECEIVED this prophecy, God revealed that Israel had 490 YEARS left to them.)
THIS NEXT QUESTION IS IMPORTANT!
Was THE CHURCH PRESENT on earth WHEN the FIRST 69 WEEKS were fulfilled in Israel? NO!
The FIRST 69 WEEKS covered THE TIME from the DECREE to REBUILD the CITY of JERUSALEM “until” THE TIME when Jesus was CUT OFF and CRUCIFIED. ISRAEL’S clock STOPPED TICKING when Jesus DIED!
WHEN was THE CHURCH born into the world? FIFTY DAYS after Jesus ROSE from the DEAD. The day was PENTECOST, a full TEN DAYS after Jesus ASCENDED into heaven.
I ASK AGAIN--Was THE CHURCH PRESENT on earth when Israel’s CLOCK was TICKING within their SEVENTY WEEK PROPHECY (DETERMINED upon them)? NO!
The CHURCH didn’t SHOW UP until AFTER Messiah was CUT OFF, AFTER His resurrection, AFTER His ascension. The CHURCH was NOT PRESENT AT ALL when Israel’s clock WAS TICKING in the FIRST 69 WEEKS of the SEVENTY WEEKS’ PROPHECY.
SO WHAT AM I TRYING TO PROVE? I’ll ask a few more questions.
Will THE CHURCH be PRESENT on earth when ISRAEL’S CLOCK BEGINS TICKING AGAIN, to FULFILL the LAST WEEK of their SEVENTY WEEK prophecy? (I withhold the answer for a moment.)
I ask a SECOND QUESTION--Is God CONSISTENT within His Word?
YES! He’s ALWAYS CONSISTENT! What He SAYS and DECREES in ONE PLACE is THE SAME as when He SHOWS it AGAIN in ANOTHER PLACE. God is NOT the author of CONFUSION.
I return to the QUESTION above--Will THE CHURCH be PRESENT on earth when ISRAEL’S CLOCK BEGINS TICKING AGAIN, to FULFILL the LAST WEEK of their SEVENTY WEEK prophecy? I say AN EMPHATIC “NO!”
HERE IS the REASON why I ANSWER like this----The CHURCH was NOT PRESENT on earth WHEN Israel LIVED THROUGH the FIRST 69 WEEKS of their prophecy. Therefore, the CHURCH will NOT be PRESENT during THE LAST WEEK of Israel’s prophecy either.
By using a LITERAL interpretation and a COMMON SENSE comparison, I arrived at these conclusions. Am I correct? YES. AND I have the TESTIMONY of the WORD ITSELF to back me up.
The CHURCH was NOT GIVEN the prophecy of the SEVENTY WEEKS, but ISRAEL received it. The prophecy was DELIVERED to ISRAEL, and to their holy city, Jerusalem. The CHURCH didn’t EXIST when the FIRST 69 WEEKS transpired. So BEFORE the SEVENTIETH WEEK happens, the CHURCH will be RAPTURED. The CHURCH will NOT be PRESENT on earth when the LAST SEVEN YEARS are TICKING on ISRAEL’S CLOCK.
I END today’s post with one more question: ARE YOU THE CHURCH, OR ARE YOU ISRAEL? Can you answer this now?
[By APPLYING this understanding (of the SEVENTY WEEKS), it does MORE than REFUTE the PRE-WRATH RAPTURE--which claims the RAPTURE will happen during the TRIBULATION, and BEFORE the POURING of the BOWLS in Revelation 16.]
[Understanding the SEVENTY WEEKS prophecy (and WHO it was DETERMINED upon) ALSO REFUTES the MID-TRIBULATION RAPTURE (which insists that the GREAT MULTITUDE in Revelation 7 is a picture of the CHURCH who are RAPTURED out of the TRIBULATION at MID-TRIB)--but there’s a problem with that interpretation--the GREAT MULTITUDE CLEARLY does NOT describe the CHURCH! Instead, the 24 ELDERS of Revelation 4 and 5 describe the Church, which has been RAPTURED to heaven BEFORE the TRIBULATION can even start.]
[This knowledge (concerning the SEVENTY WEEKS) FURTHER REFUTES the POST-TRIBULATION RAPTURE teaching--which says the CHURCH will be on earth for the ENTIRE TRIBULATION.]
Is the CHURCH the TRIBULATION? Absolutely not--IF we RIGHTLY DIVIDE the Word of God!
Since this post is ALREADY LENGTHY, I’ll stop here. There’s MORE information which I desire to share with you, so I’ll PICK UP THE THREAD next time. I pray you’re edified and encouraged, and that you return for a further reading. May we ALL increase in the KNOWLEDGE and WONDER of Jesus--as our DAYS move rapidly toward that TIME when these things will be fulfilled.
I ALSO MAKE NOTE----I wrote a HEAVY message as it concerns Israel, and my heart goes out to that nation who remains SO BLIND concerning their TRUE MESSIAH. Let’s pray that MANY in Israel, and MANY Jews elsewhere in the world, have their eyes opened to Jesus, so they can enter the CHURCH, and escape ISRAEL’S APPOINTMENT--being made WORTHY (by Jesus) to PARTAKE of the CHURCH’S PROMISE in our GLORIOUS RAPTURE.
Let us also pray for the PEACE OF JERUSALEM. When we pray for PEACE in ISRAEL, we pray that the people turn to Jesus--Who is their PRINCE OF PEACE. Also CONTAINED within that prayer--is the MILLENNIAL KINGDOM of Jesus Christ, as He sits on the throne of David, which will be established in Israel’s midst.
“Thy KINGDOM come, Thy WILL be done, ON EARTH as it is in heaven.”
EVEN SO, COME LORD JESUS. ONLY YOUR ARRIVAL WILL END ALL THE WARS, REBELLIONS AND WOES. ONLY YOUR ARRIVAL WILL BRING TRUE PEACE UPON THIS EARTH.